​Oneida County History Center

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Telethon raises over $29,000!


The Oneida County History Center raised over $29,000 during its 14th annual telethon held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm. The telethon was broadcast live on WUTR-TV from the History Center’s main gallery and encouraged community members and organizations to call in and pledge; $29,326 in new memberships, membership renewals, and donations were received, exceeding the 2019 goal of $25,000.  Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who showed their support. 


Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.
Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 pm- The Education of Three Women & Their Legacy

Women Belong in History Books contributing author Deborah Kidder will discuss remarkable women from the Mohawk Valley. The presentation will focus on the lives and legacy of three women born near Oneida County in the 19th century: Elizabeth Farrell, Myrtilla Miller, and Helen Huxtable Young.

Saturday, March 30 at 1:00 pm – Our Treasured Lakes

 Jim Ford, author of Our Treasured Lakes, will share the history of Madison Lake and Lake Moraine. Both lakes were popular recreation and vacation spots for Central New York residents with dances, watersports, ice harvesting and picnics along their shores over the past 100 years.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase after the presentation.


Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 pm- Our Nation's First Memorial Day and the Mohawk Valley

Michael Fischer, the great-grand-nephew of Pvt. John Fischer, will share the story of how a simple young man from the West End of Utica ended up in the center of some of the most important events in our nation’s history. Learn how the events in Charleston, SC on May Day 1865 can teach us lessons for today’s times. Join us to follow John’s journey and learn about Utica’s connection to our nation’s first “Decoration Day”.

Saturday, April 13 from 11:00 am- 1:30 pm- Finding Their Roots Genealogy Workshop with Pamela Vittorio


Join professional genealogist Pamela Vittorio to learn about the many ways to find your roots using traditional and hidden resources. This workshop includes 2 presentations, door prizes, and light refreshments. Part 1, Unlocking the Mystery in Your Family History, explores how hidden resources including photos, heirlooms, and other artifacts, can be used to contribute to your story. Part 2, Fantastic Records and Where to Find Them, explains how you can use canal records to find information about your ancestors who may have lived or worked along the Erie Canal. Cost: $10.00 OCHC Members/$15.00 Non-Members. Click on the green button for workshop details and registration information or call 315-735-3642.

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Other Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 pm - Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs  with musicians Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle

Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 pm - St. David’s Society Welsh Heritage Day

Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 pm - The Loomis Family

Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 pm - Edelweiss Schuhplattlers of the Utica Maennerchor

Now on display!

HERstory celebrates 130 years of YWCA Mohawk Valley History in vintage photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts.  On display during Women's History Month March 5-31, 2019.